Title: Hello Forever
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Hello Goodbye #2
Release Date: 14th July, 2017
PR: Nina Bocci
A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING…
When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.
Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.
Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.
Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.
Hello Forever is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers. Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan.
HELLO FOREVER IS LIVE!
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★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Hello Forever is a heart-wrenching read. Despite being low on angst, the general storyline is quite disturbing in the respect that there’s zero tolerance from one of the secondary characters. What has been brought up in the book shouldn’t be an issue in any family and beyond comprehension. Bowen’s descriptive writing left everything to my imagine and what I read saddened me. When two young men love each other and have such an obstacle in front of them as they did, it’s easy to conjure up a mental image of the consequences. The blow was somewhat softened with the delightful appearance of Caleb and Josh from the first book in this standalone series. Seeing how they were doing and how they’d help their friends in times of need was an added plus.
If there were something I found a tad strange about the protagonists, it had to be their ages. I thought both of them awfully mature and responsible for lads in their early twenties. Yet, living as Caxton had to, made me realise his options were few and far between. If he didn’t want to rock the boat for him and his beloved brothers who were in a precarious situation, he’d have to continue carrying out a charade. I couldn’t help but have a soft spot for Caxton. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders but still manages to pull through. Sensitive, protective and totally unselfish, he tries hard to be strong; nonetheless, on those rare occasions when he does show his weaknesses, I broke down in tears.
Axel is just as gorgeous as Caxton. He’s backstory is by no means so tragic since he comes from a loving family, but years and years ago, he had a very special friend. A friend who disappeared off the face of the earth. A friend he’d never ever been able to forget. Do you believe in flukes, in destiny? Well, something happened which would change the lives forever and it was totally believable! Despite that, it’s not all plain sailing as you will discover in a book which I recommend to readers who enjoy this genre.
The book’s pace is a very agreeable one and although I found the plot a little predictable, never once did this stop my enjoyment. After picking the book up, it wasn’t easy to put down and then without realising it, I’d come to the end. An ending which I have to say, felt a tinsy-winsy bit rushed but more than satisfactory. Ms Bowen has a knack for writing the most beautiful MM stories; also, her narrative technique is one of my faves — from two perspectives. And apart from feeling like an intruder while Caxton and Axel shared intimate moments, what I loved more than anything was how one experienced lover shows the other boundaries don’t exist, that they’d be together through thick and thin, conquer together regardless of the hurdles they’d come across. Bravo Ms Bowen!
Goodbye Paradise, book one in the Hello Paradise series is a standalone and available now!
GOODBYE PARADISE IS LIVE!
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Meet the Author
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
The Ivy Years is her bestselling series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. Click here for The Ivy Years updates.
For lovers of angsty snowboarding heroes, Sarina also writes the Gravity series! Coming in From the Cold features a downhill ski racer and one of the most unique plot conflicts in contemporary romance today. Falling From the Sky is book #2, about a freestyle snowboarder who nearly loses his life in the halfpipe.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.